A new Chelsea show!

Anna Carlisle

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A garden in the upper Calder Valley will blossom to the sights and sounds of ‘The Chelsea Belladonna’ on Sunday.

The afternoon of theatre, painting and botany will celebrate the life and work of Elizabeth Blackwell, 18th-century botanical illustrator and compiler of ‘A Curious Herbal’, which contains beautiful illustrations of medicinal plants.

‘The Chelsea Belladonna’, by Calder Valley author Anna Carlisle, was taken on a full production tour of six Scottish gardens last year by Square Peg Productions.

While 2013 represents something of a “rest year” for the company, Square Peg remains active and in harness, and is delighted to have been able to create this opportunity to bring a sample of both the play and its fascinating heroine to Hebden Bridge.

The company also wants to pay tribute to local people’s interest and encouragement in the company and its work over the years since its inception in 2005.

The one-day event, ‘An Afternoon with The Chelsea Belladonna’ at Land Farm Garden, Colden, offers two opportunities for visitors to join in (12pm and 4pm).

Tickets (£10 or £8) are available either at the gate, by ringing 01422 844901 or by going to www.squarepegproductions.co.uk.

Support has been given by Hebden Royd Town Council, the Bearder Charity, the Clifton Foundation, Word of Mouth Art and Craft Supplies and Pennine Heritage.